Tank tops, sundresses, strapless tops.
Point is, the warmer the weather, the less we wear.
Your best accessories to compliment all of your “warm weather wear?” Your arms, of course!
Upper body exercise combinations are endless, especially your go-to moves for biceps and triceps. But how about those shoulders? Many skip them because of injury or simply being uncomfortable but toned shoulders are the cherry on top of great arms!
Our move today is an Alternating Upright Row and it will be working your whole shoulder area and upper back. You will need a set of light to medium hand weights for this move, depending on your strength and capability.
Begin this row by standing tall, and gripping your hand weights in each hand; both arms hanging straight down, with your palms facing your thighs.
Keep your chest up, your shoulders rolled back and down, your core strong and you are ready to row.
Proceed to pull up with one hand at a time, sliding the hand weight up your torso reaching chest level. As you are pulling your arm up, push your elbow to the outside wall. Keep the tension in the shoulder and upper back. Once you reach chest level, return your starting arm back to your start position. Continue this move with your remaining arm. Keep this move at a slightly slower pace, ensuring you are using the correct muscles and form to protect against injury in your neck and shoulders.
Carry on with this upright row, alternating arm to arm. Give yourself at least 10 rows on each side per set for three to five sets.
If at anytime you have discomfort, discontinue the use of your hand weights, and continue with no added resistance.
This is a good move to add into any shoulder and upper body routine, or as always a great move on its own. And remember, your arms are your best accessories to any warm weather wear.
— Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, can be reached at faluvzpa@msn.